Sunday, March 26, 2017

Mac and Cheese Appreciation

Posted By on Sun, Mar 26, 2017 at 9:50 AM

click to enlarge Mac and cheese at Farmhouse on Main. - JENNIFER FUMIKO CAHILL
  • Jennifer Fumiko Cahill
  • Mac and cheese at Farmhouse on Main.
We are living in a golden age — golden brown, really — of mac and cheese. Diners, high-end restaurants, bars and food trucks alike all offer their takes on the quintessential comfort food. It's a dish that contains multitudes: the basic elbow and cheddar, stretchy forkfuls drizzled in truffle oil and duck fat, and deep fried breaded nuggets. Roll your eyes and pretend to be jaded but if the trend ever ends and the molten crocks disappear, you will miss them (R.I. P., flambé everything). Bask in it now, before it joins its first cousin the casserole, languishing at potlucks.

You could do a solid tour of macaroni and cheese around Humboldt County. If you do, send pictures. And don't skip Farmhouse on Main (460 Main St., Ferndale). The sunny dining room with its sturdy wooden tables and vintage stove opened last fall in the former home of Curley's Full Circle. Its mac and cheese is baked dish or orecchiette pasta crusted over in herby bread crumbs that break to reveal a pale, creamy cheddar sauce ($10.50). There are additions to be had, like bacon and shrimp, but consider the sliced cremini mushrooms ($2.50), which stand up well here. If the crispy, flaky fried chicken with homemade tomato jam ($15 small plate) lures you away, at least get the pasta as a side to share. It may well stay on the menu forever but, you know, just in case.
click to enlarge Pan fried chicken with tomato jam. - JENNIFER FUMIKO CAHILL
  • Jennifer Fumiko Cahill
  • Pan fried chicken with tomato jam.

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Jennifer Fumiko Cahill is the arts and features editor of the North Coast Journal.

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